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Tubular Bells

Mike Oldfield

1973

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Tubular Bells

Rating

3.18

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I had an ex who considered this the pinnacle of musical achievement. He turned out to be about as tedious as this album is. I get why it's on the list, it was sort of groundbreaking in its day. I just never got it, it rouses nothing in me. I hear a bunch of boring musical wankery, and just want to yawn and push it aside.

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"Thanks for the recording, Mike. Great tune. Love those bells! We can really do something with them... Oh sure, the whistles are cute, too... Uh-huh, and the guitar at 14 minutes... Yep, the jig at the end was, er, also amusing... Nice stuff. Sure. I'm just saying that as far as quote unquote songs, it's obvious those first four minutes do the heavy lifting, so we should run with those. Maybe work in a few of the other bits. That'll shave off a cool forty-four minutes or so. Then we'll be sitting pre... Sorry, say that again... Oh. Really? All of it?... I see... Uh-huh... I see... Mike, that's *very* long. I'm not sure peope will be able to tolerate it once the main bit is over so early... Mike?... Mike?... Shit."

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At its best, it reminds me of things I would rather be listening to; at its worst, it reminds me how bad of a decision it was to listen to this instead of those other things. Maybe Oldfield didn't understand that announcing instruments doesn't make the theme they're riffing on sound any better, it only makes me regret that I have to listen to another round of it before I can finally finish the album. I only two things notable: the sequence in Tubular Bells Pt. II with the grunted vocals and the fact that a child-rapist used the first minute as a theme for his movie about demon possession. The former only happened because Oldfield got himself drunk enough to accidentally do something interesting. The latter's what brought us here, listening to an album that makes me wish some priest could exorcise the memory of this bland music out of my fucking head.

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5

Stunning. A prefect work of art. The man was 19 when he composed the album and it took him 6 months. An absolute masterpiece

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When the drums kick in during Bells pt. 2 and that guy starts grunt-singing and howling in whatever language that was… I finally had my first genuine WTF moment with this entire list. And I liked it! This album really runs the gamut of the ridiculous and the sublime, and the whole time I kept thinking of A) The Exorcist B) that Oldfield should make a record with Tortoise and C) that Oldfield should make a record with Mike Patton. All enjoyable thoughts in my book.

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Ni fu, ni fa.

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why the growling? it was good before the growling

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5

Stunning piece of progressive rock

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Amazing. I had no idea the famous instrumental piece is from this album.

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5

Another one my brother bought but I don’t know where this vinyl ended up. I remembered the music was widely known since it was in a popular movie. The wiki notes reminded me it was The Exorcist. It’s quite impressive that he was still a teenager when he wrote and played all the instruments. One thing I didn't remember is how good he was at playing guitar.He lays down some good shit The end of side 1 is priceless when the introduction of the instruments builds to a climax as we eagerly await the introduction of the tubular bells. The timing of this release could not have been better since the use of Hallucinogenics was reaching new heights. I have to call this a masterpiece.

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5

As unique now as it was in 1973, definitely an album you must hear before you die.

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5

10/10, I love weird prog that was just such a cool album, I really loved it

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5

Good shit, 20+ minute songs are where it's at. Favorite track is Tubular Bells lol

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5

I greatly prefer the 2003 remake, possibly because it is the first version I heard and possibly because it does sound much better from a pure sound quality perspective. Anyway, this album is a milestone in my musical journey because it was one of the first ones where I would concentrate on the sounds and on the sensations they gave me more than on words (of course, they're basically not there here) or other aspects. It's still one of my go-to albums to test audio stuff and I enjoy it greatly.

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5

This is amazing, truly a masterpiece, I love the first track

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Is there any instrument this guy can’t play??

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Oh man, I was drawn into Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Both epic sides of this record really were mesmerizing and instrumentally beautiful. The growling on Side B was even acceptable :) The single that followed on Spotify was a nice bonus that connected me to my Irish/English ancestors. The other additional song, Sailor's Hornpipe, is bloody hilarious! I am grateful to have been invited to discover Mike Oldfield and look forward to checking out his catalogue. I have a feeling I'll be doing the jig!

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“Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield (1973) Autobiographical review: I bought this album when it came out in 1973, chiefly because of the brilliance of the single release (used as theme music for the movie “The Exorcist”), but I’m pretty sure I never listened to the whole album. I lacked the patience. This morning, I don’t know if I have the patience, but I do have the time. Almost entirely instrumental, it’s basically an experimental composition with a wide variety of keyboard and guitar sounds, woven together in a richly textured pastiche of tones. A dubbing picnic. On the plus side, this work is extraordinarily innovative (for 1973), with some very creative instrumentation, recording techniques, time signatures, and chord progressions. It’s very interesting to listen to this album and ask oneself how he’s making this or that particular sound. Definitely cool. On the minus side, there is little percussion (none on side one), and there is a complete lack of cohesion—a random mixture of moods that are missing a symphonic theme. It’s composed and arranged as if it were a high tech hobby. Some pitch problems on the backing vocals and lower end fretted string instruments. And the gimmicky voiceover naming added instruments is pedantic. When it finally gets to what one might call prog rock at 14:00 on side two, it’s substandard. Remember, we’d already heard Emerson, Lake & Palmer and early Pink Floyd. Most of the album doesn’t rise to the quality of the first four minutes. Very disappointing. So while the album is definitely good, it’s finally unsatisfying. Now on the other hand, if I were high . . . 3/5

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Fucking annoying

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5

GREAT!

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5

Nostalgia é uma droga pesada

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5

Really dug this.

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5

Recommend

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5

Me gustó mucho es una música muy relajante

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5

Exceptional album. Grew up with this, he took music in a completely different direction when this album was made.

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5

Havnt listened to it for years, brilliant

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5

Очень концептуально

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5

Ephemeral, fantastic, all-encompassing

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5

Amazing

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5

This was a very nice change of pace.

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5

Classic album, never listened to it before but I get it now

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07/06/2021 Ricardo was here... This is definitely one of the best things I ever listened... Fun fact: Mike oldfield was only 19 when he made this masterpiece. And he played most of the instruments.

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5

It might be cheese but I still love it

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excellent instrumental album!

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5

What a stroke of genius, so many instruments, so many intricate melodies and harmonies, and all of it played by an 19 year old in 1973

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Genius. I am blown away by the talent.

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5

Banger! Insanely wide range of sounds, fun segments, everything. Love this album.

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5

To be played at loud volume.

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5

AMAZING

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5

Lange nicht gehört. Sehr geil.

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5

I mean, starting off with the album's biggest contribution in the Exorcist theme, to the yelling section, this album is just damn interesting. Worth a revisit for sure.

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5

A prog classic, made especially impressive by being nearly a one man show. Just great, and right up my alley.

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5

Rock progresivo de Mike Oldfield.

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5

Wow wat een vibe. Dit was echt een ervaring!

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Deze was leuk!

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5

Fantastic. Musicians today truly don't strive as high as they used to, huh. So much truly magical music from the 60s/70s that makes me feel a way no music from this century ever has. Prog music has such an effect on me. This one genre contains a large chunk of the most spiritual and magical music I have ever found. Side note: I love this album, I really do. But after listening to his 2003 re-recording I can never go back to this version. I wish everyone who rated this album low would've gotten to listen to that version instead. Mike Oldfield himself felt the original version had a lot of flaws that bothered him. Mike Oldfield is fantastic. If you liked or even kind of liked this album, you HAVE to listen to Ommadawn. I like it more than Tubular Bells; it feels more ethereal and magical. People who dismiss this album as "tedious musical wankery" lack imagination and heart. This album is grand.

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I love it

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WOW.

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Great!

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The Beginning

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5

I liked this, I was honestly not really expecting to like this but I really did. I liked the varieties and the sounds that reappeared throughout the record. I think at the first listen I liked Part 1 more than Part 2, but I appreciate how it all connects together. I ended up giving the big like to the 2003 version, as it has sections as separate tracks, and as much as I liked the thing as a whole, it's much easier to integrate it with the rest of my daily listening music as individual tracks. I ended up listening to The Sailor's Hornpipe over and over again, which occurs at the very last part of Part 2.

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5

I had no idea what to expect from this album going into it, but about 5 minutes in I knew it was going to be special. Amazing guitar tones, superb instrumentation, brilliant melodies. This is perfect. An absolute masterpiece.

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5

Really enjoyed this. It's weird but good

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What can you say? It's a masterpiece, I love it.

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cool

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5

What an album. I knew of Tubular Bells but had never listened to it. Since Friday I have had it on constant play. Just absolutely brilliant!!

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5

so the record that started Richard Bransons Billionaire Journey. Mike Oldfield was a 19 year old prodigy\Genius. This is his Magnum Opus and has some delightful compositions, who doesn't love Viv Stanshalls Majestic voice on "Introducing". Love the whole album really and absolutely rightfully on this list (Top Ten for me)

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3.75/5. Interesting stuff here. I liked the sounds on this album, and I liked the format. Pretty experimental.

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It was wild.

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Very talented guy! The exorcist theme is so much cooler now!

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Interesting and fun but bit weird

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4

Liked quite a bit, even though mostly instrumental! Classic bell tune

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4

Very interesting. Has the exorcist theme.

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4

This feels like a quest soundtrack + 80s (although released in 1973). Feels like there's 10 different movie soundtracks in here... Part II is a wild ride

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Totally surprising. A musical journey

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4

Better than I was expecting but still all I could think about was the Exorcist.

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2 words, rock flute. Big Jethro Tull fan and this is obviously their biggest album. I'm always on the lookout it when shopping for second hand vinyl. Would love this guy in my collection.

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Aparte de ser un disco de progresivo bien interesante creo que merece muchísimo respeto porque tiene esas melodías que todos identificamos y ni sabíamos de quién eran.

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4

Killer soundscape, fantastic album to put on while working. Will definitely be looking into the rest of Oldfield's work.

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bro what are there any individual songs on this album lmao? Ok, so it looks like this album is actually two big songs? This album is alright. Has some cool parts to it.

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4

Instrumental but cool. Funny little ending too

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This album was, to put it in layman's terms, "blinking well baffling". I love it.

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Bizarrement bon. Me fait penser a kraftwerk des fois 4.25

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Nice one, instrumental

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I know the intro from pop culture. This is a killer album. Amazing guitar work. I am very glad I heard this before I died. I can find influences all over modern and experimental music. Thoroughly enjoyed the listen.

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The Wiki for this ground-breaking album is interesting. I knew that this was the 19 year old Oldfield's debut album but I didn't realize that it put Virgin Records on the map. Also Branson wanted vocals so that he could release a single, Oldfield was pissed at this so he got drunk and started to grunting nonsense which explains the Piltdown Man garble on side 2. If I heard this album today I would think it was gimmicky and silly, but back in 73 it was a tour-de-force and hugely innovative. This is another album that I must have listened to a thousand times.

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I know I'm late to the party here but I've got a lot of regard for Mike Oldfield - a weird guy but someone who determinedly made music his way. 'Tubular Bells' is still a very interesting record; for me, its ubiquity hasn't dulled its impact.

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I was going to give it a 4 from memory. Then I listened and remembered that MO played all those instruments plus so many great guitar solos. It was tempting to score higher, but I found some of the more raucous sections grating.

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interesting

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This went from spooky to weird to spoken word to god knows where else. What an entirely unexpected journey. Could certainly have benefited from some editing, the rest of the album just doesn't quite live up to the opening minutes of track 1. A weird little mystical prog rock adventure that led to an enjoyable Friday morning.

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At first I was like, “what?” Then I was like, “whoa!” Sometimes I like long winded instrumentals, sometimes not. This one I liked, trancelike, fun, weird, cool guitar. Good for driving through a snow storm on the way to Reno in a Carrolla.

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Magical and amazing. Don't k is why it tooke so long to listen to this

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Beautiful first part of the album. The second one is also very nice, but isn't exactly up to par with 5/5 first part.

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good

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Just a wild & wonderful musical journey. The ending to Pt.II felt like I was ripped out of a day-dream after tipping back too far on my chair An album that has stood the test of time to still be viewed as creative & really unique almost 50 years after its recording gets a 4 from me

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This unique album is a hodgepodge of many different instruments, all performed by one man - Mike Oldfield, and dubbed over each other into two distinct tracks on the album. It is beautiful, ethereal, novel, haunting, and soothing. A listener can become engaged in picking out each individual instruments that is introduced, or one can simply play this album in the background to serve as a peaceful backdrop melody. This experimental album idea may go down in history as the most recent famous musical piece since the classics. Also, one will recognize the opening of the first track on the album to be the theme of the movie The Exorcist - which gives the album a haunting sound once you have seen the movie.

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Bootleg Radiohead.

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Honestly this shit rocked my fucking socks. I really enjoyed the vibe of this album and I did not expect to. Great album.

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It’s Tubular Bells innit! Absolute classic! Starts well, middle is good, finishes brilliantly! Who DOESNT love the bells baby! I’m biased as my dad was heavy for this, but it is a banger!

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AKA “The Exorcist Theme.” Getting over that, this is kind of awesome; the two sides form a mirror of each other and have this incredible build up. Favourite track: There are only two of them. “Part One”

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started off kinda mushy but hitting pleasant highs at 12 min mark.

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Rating: 8/10

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Goes from chill cool progressive album to Manic Muppet time.

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29. No andar de cima, ensaia-se o cinco anos do Bowie em loop eterno. it's a god awful small affair it's a god awful it's a it's a god awful small affair to the girl with the it's a god awf it's a god awful small affair to the girl with the to the to the girl with the mousy hair but her mummy is yelling it's a god awful small affair it's it's it's a MotA: Tubular Bells - Pt. I "Tubular bells"

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Episkt projekt. Självklart lite ångestframkallande då Mike Oldfield endast var 19 år när han släppte denna debut, och han spelade nästan alla instrument själv. Men om jag bortser från detta är det ett mästerverk som, på grund av sin omfattning, är svår att greppa efter endast en genomlyssning. Det känns otroligt genomtänkt, varje ton är utplacerad på exakt rätt ställe. Första halvan är lite rockigare, andra mer lugn och fingerplockig, förutom delen i mitten/slutet då lyssnaren förflyttas till en stenåldersgrotta, samt sista minuten som är en mer trallig karnevalsk bit. Otroligt bra progrock. Jag ger ett högt betyg redan efter en lyssning, och tror att det kan vara ett konstverk som växer, där det går att hitta nya nyanser och skrymslen, efter fler lyssningar. Rolig trivia är att albumet blev världskänt efter att introt till Part One användes som soundtrack till filmen The Exorcist, samt att det var det första albumet som gavs ut på det då nyskapade Virgin Records. Bästa låt: Nej! Poänglöst här, ska lyssnas som en helhet.

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Lovely noises, one of Ross's favourites

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Never heard this before, despite recognising the cover and name. Enjoyed the changes at the piece went on, the humour in places and the overall vibe.

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4

Luuv mike oldfield

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4

Old friend. Weird but compelling.

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A little odd, but interesting!

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A fun prog odyssey! I was only familiar with the Exorcist bit previously, but largely enjoyed all the other sections. I am gleefully anticipating all the complaints about the section that sounds like it's sung in Klingon!

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4

Great throughout. Amazing the talent shown at 19.

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7/10 good music

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4

Just great, in regular rotation.

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Great album not just my style of music but now iconic for that time.

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Speciaal album die niet goed weet waar het heen wil. Er zitten wel een paar leuke stukken in, en een paar hele vreemde. Het voordeel van de twijfel en 4 sterren

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4

This album is wild as fuck and does so many vastly different things

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Loved reading the other reviews for this. I can fully see both sides that this is (a) a slice of prog rock genius and (b) the reason why punk needed to come along and shake things up a bit. Wonderful nonsense.

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4

Fun and interesting music. Will listen again

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Knew the theme from \"The Exorcist,\" but wondered how Mike would fill 50 minutes of record. But he does and it works well, with surprising range and depth.

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4

While dated, this was a ground breaking album with some brilliant moments. Good bit of nostalgia for me...

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4

Awesome

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An absolute classic. 4*

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4

Would've been a big old shock to the system during its time in 1973's space. The Monster's demonic dialogue appearing 15 minutes into Pt II was hilarious, very Tenacious D styles.

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I like that something this unusual achieved such mainstream success. I enjoy thinking about 19 year old Mike recording this weird masterpiece not knowing it would soon give him international fame. There were parts I didn't like but by and large really enjoyed this musical adventure.

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Enjoyed this one. Lots of cool sounds. Pretty experimental - drags at times.

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4

No lo quiero para vinilo. Igual la canción Tubular Bells sí, pero el resto no.

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It would be 5 if it wasn’t for the annoying horn pipe at the end.

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4

It has it all. The Exorcist theme. A see-and-say passage. The fact that it ends in a sea shanty is hilarious. One of the 4 stars is just for the sea shanty.

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4

Actually pretty good. Different.

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Different but good

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Saw this performed live (not Mike Oldfield, but approved by him). Very atmospheric.

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4

I liked it, an interesting album. Some parts were stranger than others (particularly in the last song). It was nice to listen to as background. Favorite Song: Tubular Bells, Pt. I

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I remember a buddy in high school putting on this album and realising that The Exorcist song actually wound up having a pleasant ending. And then hearing that Hornpipe ditty at the end. What a weird album. I’ll boost it a star for the memories.

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totally tubular mannn. nah but I listened driving through the Colorado mountains and I'm really happy it worked out like that. not my usual but it's really nice

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4

Instrumentally, this was fascinating and pleasant. I'd like to have this on in the background at all times if it weren't for the vocal interruptions.

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4

What a completely and utterly weird album. Inventive, swinging wildly from one melodic line to a dissonant section in less than a blink. I can't say this is my favorite album ever but I have to give it points for being creatively bizarre. And enough things in here are enjoyable that I would consider a re-listen. Fave track: Tubular bells part I.

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4.0

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Having been acquainted with the opening notes of the first part of Tubular Bells, I was quite surprised by the twists and turns the songs undertake. And the bonus tracks are rather special as well. Favorites: Tubular Bells (Pt. 2), Mike Oldfield's Single.

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Liked it! Very much an album of ambient music for me

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A very cool experimental prog-rock album. Has its oddities, but was enjoyable the whole way through. I especially liked the cameo from the Uruk-Hai from Lord of the Rings. Favorite song: Tubular Bells - Pt. II

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8,5

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I really liked this, I just wish the tracks were broken up a bit instead of two 24 minutes long songs.

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Nautin tästä yllättävänkin paljon! En oo varma mitä mieltä olin kakkososan örinöistä mut ehkä kumminkin positiivinen.

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En oo koskaan pystynyt katsomaan Manaaja -elokuvaa koska pelkään niin perkeleesti kauhuelokuvia. Se lieneekin syy siihen miksi oon tykästynyt tähän levyyn niin paljon. En oo ikinä muodostanut sitä kappale-elokuva -yhteyttä näiden kahden välille. Oon aina käsitellyt tätä vaan tosi mageena biisinä. Rakastan sitä että täs on muutama super hookki teema joka varioi ja joihin palataan. Sielu lepää. 4/5

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Before he was pushed in a more commercial - and very successful - direction by his record label, Mike Oldfield produced mainly long instrumental and - for the time highly experimental - pieces. This is Oldfield's earliest outing as a recording artist. It shows, in that it sounds a bit dated soundwise and limited regarding his skills a s musician. Very frequentliy, there is much meandering over one idea or the other without going anywhere melodically for quite some time. For example the guitar solo after about 6 Minutes in Part 1 is very not very exciting. Some other parts are in the same vein, sometimes even cringy - Oldfield still was to come into his own as a musician. But in spite of this, this is a classic worth knowing. 3.5/5.

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This is a very different album. With only two tracks (originally...) it makes a statement about how music should be marketed. These two tracks each have subsongs of music. Some bits are better than others. Overall I enjoyed this album because of how different and bold it was.

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Certain parts remind me of Sufjan Stevens, mmmm , I wonder how that works. Maybe it is the other way around, separated by 40 years. Ahead of it's time is clearly an understatement. The lyric 'vocals' on side 2 undermine it a little for me. Cover art: 5/5 iconic

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Side One 5/5 Side Two 3/5

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I wish I had liner notes to follow along with the music, picking out all the instruments, but I guess that's what the extended outro is for. I hear Pacific island instruments at 11 minutes, East Asian instruments at 15 minutes... there's a ton of crazy sounds going on here. Insane amount of talent. First 10 minutes are intrinsically beautiful with wonderful transitions, then moves a bit more rough and exotic before a momentary silence. The next few minutes serve as a mild break, low in volume and simple on the guitar, Oldfield credits all his instruments. A bit of an anticlimatic ending, but those first 17 minutes are worth it. The second part is where things get really interesting. First third feels like medieval British folk, before we get some lovely back chorus. I adore the grunts; some love it and some hate it, but I think it adds a nice twist to keep you on your toes, picking up the pace. Apparently the dude got pissed they wanted lyrics so he drank half a bottle of whiskey and screamed into a mic for 10 minutes. Overall it's a really accessible experimental album. Doesn't do anything too groundbreaking once you break it all down, but it's one of the most enjoyable tracks I've heard that last more than half an hour.

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The motif used in The Exorcist overshadows everything else.

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I thought the whole thing would be the theme from The Exorcist, but it was so much more. Some very melodic playing, stellar guitar work, some spoken word stuff even a little country honky tonk stuff. A varied and interesting album that held my attention from beginning to end. 4 🌟

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illað shit

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Not sure I've listened to this in full - its just so mad isn't it!? But I love it for its epicness and happy memories of Lakey D

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This is wonder and magical and such an experience. LOVE ITTT

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7/10. For the most part quite enjoyable, but the vocals always felt rather unwelcome and unnecessary.

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4

Solid prog rock but felt somewhat directionless. 7/10

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Je tenais dans ce review à remettre au clair un point qui a été mal compris de la part de nos confrères américains. Dans mon derneir review de Dusty Springfield, je fais référence au pet de fouffe monumental exécuté par une Dusty des plus vulgaires. Il se trouve que la terminologie du mot "pet de fouffe" a été assez mal comprise outre Atlantique. En effet, lorsque l'on entre l'expression "pet de fouffe" dans Google Translate, ce dernier nous renvoie la traduction "fart", passant totalement outre tout l'aspect fouffe de ce pet. Avis à nos amis américains, ne vous méprennez pas, je fais bien ici référence à un pet de fouffe, et non à un pet classique. Maintenant cette clarification faite, place à la suite.

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L'album démarre par une angoissante mélodie nous faisant pressentir l'arrivée imminente d'un ou plusieurs extraterrestres. L'un d'eux s'emparera du microphone dans les derniers instants et grommellera des idioties qui ne méritent pas vraiment qu'on s'y attarde.

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Loved it all apart from the Blue Peter bit at the end 🤣

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It was fine

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Interesting, love the different instruments used. Prefer the second part of the movement when everything comes together and kicks in. Theme is good too.

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It was quite weird in the beginning, but it was pretty trippy by the end. Quite awesome.

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Tubular Bells aka The Exorcist theme (plus a whole lot more). Some neato 70s-era prog rock. Swanky

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A bit of a weird vibe but pleasant background listening.

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It's a different album. It's not something good all of the time, but it's really well made.

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false

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weird but good

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Manheim steamroller presents!

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First rating, personal scale may change

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Goofy 70s prog noodling. Not my thing at all. I can’t even judge if it is good or not.

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Oh shit, this is the opening from the Exorcist. No wonder this is rad. Prog rock as all get out. The album is quite ethereal and gutsy. Like a lot of early 70s prog, this skirts the line between playful and far too self serious. Still quite enjoyable. Even if I'd like more defined song structure. It's a full symphony made by a single young man.

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has a lot of hype but its very meh

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nice minimalism. Hard to separate from the exorcist. Immediately got chills listening to it. nice guitar work.

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A solid variety of different genres mashed together to make a distinguished soundtrack. Not sure if there is much replayability for me personally though

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Bueno, pero la verdad es que no me atrapó

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Production: 15/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 13/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 8/20 =58 Interesting stuff. Some bit's were banging. Some bits were well annoying.

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What an interesting ride that was. Thanks 1001 for providing the motivation to listen to this whole album with no skips or breaks. Thanks Mike for taking some big risks. This thing went all over the spectrum from motononous repetition to straight up weird human growling. Pretty in many spots. Very moving in two spots. "TUBULAR BELLS". Mike, you're no Beethoven but I respect your modular experimental soul. B

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3/5 some iconic sounds, but nothing to buy it for.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Tubular Bells Pt. 1 Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Some really cool parts, some eh parts. That'll happen when the songs are 20+ minutes long. Crazy enough, I liked those better than the shorter songs at the end.

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Fascinating story as to how this ended up as the theme to The Exorcist. Don't think I would return to this as an album, but I can appreciate the composition and the cultural impact, and actually really enjoy the music Saved: Mike Oldfield's Single

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It's on the verge of popular music - it sounds more like philip glass or steve reich to me. I do quite like it for the same reasons I like those musicians, it's an unusual one for this list

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I can see why this was special on release and impressive in parts but time has been a cruel mistress or something - still enjoyed parts of it

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An album that I have fond memories of, but listening now I can only appreciate more than enjoy.

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It does take you on a musical journey and I like the range of styles, instruments and transitions. However, it doesn't quite have the maturity or refinement I would expect from a prog rock album. If you take out the classic riff then the rest is a bit uninspiring musically.

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Instrumental album that has impacted the course of other composers and instrumental efforts such as Blue Man Group.

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weird pipes ? idk

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Very interesting music. Had not heard the musician or album before.

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Melodic

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Anyone above a certain age knows the beginning theme from the first two or three notes and for some it immediately sends a chill down the back of their necks. So I'm one of those and I love that beginning part.... yet amazingly had never heard the entirety of either the album or even the full song (although to be fair it is 26 minutes long). There's so much more to it than the blood-curdling proggy-intro: ventures into heavy rock, Chuck Mangione-type light jazz, Yes-like progressions, fusion, new age major chords via synthesizer... I definitely don't know how to review this, nor how to recommend it, but I will say it's a really really interesting listen - the two lengthy tracks at least (the final two short ones are weird throwaways). I give it 3 stars for the genius mind that put this all together - it's not exactly catchy due to the fact that it kind of sounds like a very long rock opera prelude, but I could see putting this on again.

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it was really exciting at first but the fact it was a 25 minute song made it seem never ending, and the short songs were just disappointing. really loved the beginning tho!

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couple of cool instrumentals but to Long

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Tubular bells part 1 - like the start but then changes and goes a bit weird. Part 2 - also a bit strange

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Fun to listen

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My impression is that I had already previously heard this everywhere but didn't even know, it sounds like a typical horror movie soundtrack. hauntingly beautiful, makes you feel like you're roaming around a hall of distorted mirrors and smoke comes down..then it turns epic.

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6/10

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cool

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I can the talent and art, but not for me

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Strong start, tapered off a bit.

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grew up on this 25 minute song

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It wasn’t just scary music!

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wow that Tubular Bells Pt II was surprisingly wanted … that’s about it

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Obviously everyone loves this. I thought it was fine but not something I would want to listen to again.

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Erg gave experimentele muziek met een bijzondere keuze aan instrumenten.

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This was boring

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Mjaaaa.. 2 lange numre Egentligt lidt imponerede. Men også meeeget lange

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This album was not spectacular but it was not bad. Just took some getting used to.

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Tubular

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Can't really assess, though definitely appreciate the work for this period of time

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Liked it. Which was a surprise to me

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experimental ambient collides with an absurdist radio station. everything seems lightly out of tune...

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Fascinating read about this album and the production/artist. To produce this at 19 is pretty impressive, especially back in the 70s. In terms of execution it feels a bit too polished for me though, I would have preferred a more minimal piece, which apparently the original demos were according to Wikipedia. Not my type of instrumental music (sans the Tom Waits-lite screaming), but I respect it.

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What a fucking bonkers album. Forgot how completely insane this is. I totally respect his efforts to make a big intricate piece of music with unconventional arrangements. However, although I own this on vinyl myself, I must admit I hardly ever put it on, except maybe for people who haven't ever heard it before, just to take them on the wild ride. I prefer the following album "Hergest Ridge" and feel it is a much more cohesive statement. Blows me away that this was accepted by popular culture in the 70s. Speaks to the open mindedness of the era.

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6/10

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Quirky and pretentious. I enjoyed it.

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This isn't the first time I've listened to this album. I've tried to figure out why this is considered such a great album and I just don't see it. It's not bad, I just don't see why it's all that. I'm a big prog rock fan and this one just doesn't connect with me at all. I listened three times this time and still don't get it. Oh, well.

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From the opening sound I thought "was this from Halloween?" Clearly too early for that, but apparently it was used in the Exorcist. So right genre, wrong film. Cool stuff, I definitely wouldn't have turned to it on my own. Amazing that Oldfield played pretty much every instrument himself (and there were a ton of instruments). The first song started off strong but got weird in the latter half. The "singing" didn't seem to fit; ditto for some of the instrument mixes. Second song was more of the same - some really cool stuff mixed in with some weird.

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I have never heard any of Oldfield's stuff before. I am familiar with the riff from Tubular Bells, as any prog-head should. When I first sat down to listen to this, I hit play, and then I looked at the length. I did not realize this was going to be one of those "Thick As A Brick" type of affairs. Worse yet, there's no real lyrics on the album. It gets very... meander-y. The worst part of it was when he was naming the parts that came in. I wonder if that is what non-prog fans think of some of progressive rock music. I was impressed by his musicality, but as a whole I don't imagine me listening to this again.

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but its definitely a unique way to go about an album and the music isn't -that- bad...probably like 2.5 or so out of 5 and when you factor in its nearly 50 years old to still be unique now is impressive

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This album is purely instrumental and that is not a thing bad. I enjoyed it. The main song is recognizable because it is the theme song to The Exorcist.

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A lot of talent to write, play, record, produce, release this at 19. Not very “listenable” though. I did enjoy the unexpected Klingon remix of The Joker.

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It's The Exorcist music! Your Mother darns socks in hell! The power of Christ compels you! It is nice. Mostly just showing off the advancements in studio technology I think, but an engaging tech demo. And one which features the dulcet tones of Viv Stanshall, one of the greatest rock madmen to ever exist. His job is to list instruments, oddly enough. Part 2 is less exciting, possibly due to the lack of connection to one of the greatest horror films ever made. It's also just a bit more meandering, lacking the urgency of part one. It improves (by which I mean gets very odd) about halfway through. Fans of four minutes of weird guttural growls (well hello Mike Patton fans) will like it. Then it gets dull again. Then it goes all last night of the proms. Overall it's pretty good. Occasionally too drawn out, but when it's good it's great. When it's not, it's background noise. Can at least see why it's on the list. One of the weirder multimillion selling albums!

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Very odd to hear the iconic, familiar opening with its absolute association with The Exorcist, then have it unfold into the much different context of the overall composition. I admire the inventiveness, technological experimentation, and boldness of the composer in putting such a thing out there. It doesn't all hold together however, and the vocalization on side two in particular struck me as truly pointless and actually detracted from the whole.

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Hm, kai tää on ihan hyvä proge. Pitäis varmaan kuunnella vielä useemman kerran niinkun pitkien progebiisien kanssa yleensä että sais jotain kunnolla irti, mutta ihan hyvä tunnelma vaikutti olevan ensikuuntelemalla, ja ihan ok siirtymiä. Ei ehkä kuitenkaan säväyttänyt niin paljoa että ansaitsis nelosta.

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Melkosen pitkiä biisejä. Välillä soundi oli oikein mielekästä eikä edes vituttanut kuunnella. Kolmonen yläkanttiin.

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EXORCIST!

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Instrumental con referencias a toda una película clásica. Agradable de escuchar y con diferentes melodías.

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Kept oscillating between thinking it sucked and thinking it was genius, so will go in the middle. Would be good music to study to. 5/10

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3, NICE

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The first 10 minutes are a fascinating idea, and so groundbreaking for the time, but it loses steam pretty quick.

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This is wicked cool and dynamic. Those are some TUBULAR bells.

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Intriguing, musical and corny in equal measure

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Part 1 is decent but part 2 drags

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Some interesting bits, some strange bits and some very daggy bits. Somehow I've escaped listening to this until now - good to check it off the list I suppose.

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Not bad. A little boring but not entirely uninteresting. Not sure what situations I'd listen to this in.

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New age. Progressive rock. An interesting listen. Wasn't a huge fan of whatever the growling was partway through, but the whole album is unconventional enough that it was like "well that's odd... ok." Can't hear anything but The Exorcist during the first song haha.

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Good, but slightly silly. Very groundbreaking I suppose; but is one to listen in that mind frame?

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Exorcist theme.

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As a fan of early Genesis, Yes, ELP and Pink Floyd, I'm surprised that I was unaware of this album until about 4 years ago (2018). Seeing that the album was recommended, I listened to part of the album, and the 'Mike Oldfield 'Tubular Bells' Live at the BBC 1973' concert. Apparently I have only heard Part I. The weird grunts and growls in Part II were an unpleasant surprise. The album is worth a listen, but I may not get to Part II again.

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Loved parts of it. But just because it's interesting, doesen't mean it's good. 2.5

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Best Song: Tubular Bells Pt 1. Particularly the spot around 12:30 where the instruments harmonize together. Worst Song: Tubular Bells Pt II. The part where he begins to sing(?). I'm not certain that what this album needed was traditional rock drumming and non-traditional vocal shouting. It doesn't sound bad, necessarily, but it deviates so heavily from the musical themes set up in part one that I feel it ought to have been placed on another album entirely. Overall: Tremendously weird. The instrumentation is fantastic, and all of Part 1 is engrossing and interesting, genre-defying music. It is only in Part 2, when the weird gets turned up a bit too high, when the progressive elements take over and the album feels like it starts to lose its mind a bit, even if it retains its soul.

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2,5

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5/10. Pt. I is absolutely fantastic, but falls off a large amount in Pt. II, overall a worthwhile album, and worth returning to, but not as consistent as I'd like, perhaps to much to ask of prog

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idk im not one for 20 mins songs first offf if the beginning isn’t pulling me in instantly. interesting though.

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Boring

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Impressive he was 19 and played everything but still a bit...dull

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Kinda cool I guess

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Not really for me. I can understand why it was popular with others. I wasn't feeling myself and maybe that had a part to play in it.

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Thanks but no thanks.

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Tube music

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Went bananas when he said the name of the album in the song

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Kind of flat metal. Little going on dynamically

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Lo siento pero no. Dos canciones bien luego ya es su fumada. El primer album que he tenido que pasar una canción porque me ponía nervioso. Lo siento pero no

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Impressive feat as an album but there have been much better created since. Kind of cool and atmospheric but not worth numerous listens. 2.3

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I'm not really sure what to make of this. I'm assuming it was an artistic endeavour. To create his vision and for it to be an unlikely and huge commercial success is quite something, especially at the age of 19. I quite enjoyed side one, and didn't even mind the cheesy introducing of instruments at the end. Side two was much harder work though. The Blue Peter theme at the end is just bizarre. Just going with my gut on score: 2/5.

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This didn't need to be 56 minutes long

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I thought it was wild, and I didn't really like it. I feel like it had a lot of cool parts but the way they were put together was just too chaotic for my taste.

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First few bars are a classic. But after that what’s the point?

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It's a classic but it goes on a bit. 5/10

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De opening ken ik van met The Excorcist, maar hoe het stuk zich verder ontwikkelt vind ik dan lastig uit te luisteren. Ik heb op zich wel een zwak voor instrumentale synthesizers, maar hier zitten dan teveel andere invloeden in die ik moeilijk kan verhapstukken.

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Okaaaaaay then

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The whole "exorcist" part on the bells is a nice motif at the start of the album, well-built and executed by Oldfield. Then the album drops off like a fucking bag of bricks, just bad. Computationally aimless, terrible mixing, a total mess of "prog rock". Oldfield excels when he's building on something, adding and taking away elements for the purposes of repetition. This magic is somewhat ruined in the part where he explicitly states the name of the instrument being introduced next instead of letting the music speak for itself. Man also need to learn variation during these repetitive parts; just something else, anything! I think this record was a fluke: Oldfield is a subpar songwriting and producer who stumbled onto a catchy-yet-eerie riff that got itself into one of the most acclaimed horror movies of all time. Outside of that, isn't worth a full 50 minutes worth of material. I can't believe I own this album.

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My first thought was “Why is the Exorcist score on this list?” I truly don’t understand why this is on here. Like, who is this for?

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Did listen but wasn't very keen 🙁

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A blast from the past in Miss Bird’s music class. Not the most exciting thing ever and hasn’t stood the test of time too well in my opinion but a classic nonetheless. Remember being home alone and watching the exorcist when I was a kid and this still brings me right back to it.

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The good / famous bit is very short. Then there's a lot of quite annoying stuff. And he supports Trump and Brexit.

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A weird genius I guess

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Its just a bunch of weird instrumentals. Not totally sure why this is so big. Again, if I was a big music theory guy I'd probably like this more than I do rn.

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It only stands out for the few seconds of audio used for the theme in The Exorcist. Other than that, it is ultimately forgettable.

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Not my style at all, there were some parts that I liked in Pt. 1 and 2 but most of the time I would've wished there were some lyrics also

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Intressant, men gud så långtråkig. Inget jag lyssnar på igen. 2/5

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Ok, it's great that he was 19 at the time and played every instrument himself... but that doesn't mean much when less than 1/4 of it really counted as music. Otherwise it felt like an excruciatingly long intro, a few minutes of plain prog rock, an outro and then some fuckin dumb pirate melody. And none of the various segments meshed - they seemed to be just pasted together. A 25min song is meant to be a statement about your songwriting, as if to say "I'm gonna show you that I can make 25min feel like 5", but that didn't happen here. And most of it was ambient/experimental, not much substance. It's a shame I didn't like this cause I love it in theory, but it's just badly executed. 2/5.

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Sure, Mike, I get it. Tubular bells. Well done. I get why it’s on the list and all, I just… It’s fine. Okay? Let’s all just move on shall we? Alright? Good.

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I just don’t have the stomach for this right now. I got through the first tubular bells track. Okay Mike I get it, but honestly, what the fuck is this??

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I tried to give this a chance but it was definitely a pretty rough listen for me. Ciao.

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Too weird and trippy for me

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2.8 - Dollar Tree version of a Philip Glass movie soundtrack (e.g Koyaanisqatsi). Uninteresting electronics, linear arrangements, thin textures. I really didn’t get much off this.

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Nice instrumentals, but not out of this world

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I'm sure I would have enjoyed this much more 20 or so years ago, but now it got on my nerves very quickly.

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Which came 1st? The song or the movie? Google says the album was a slow sell until the title track was used in the movie. 2.5 stars

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Yawn...

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I feel like I've stumbled into a haunted music shop. It's a lot, too much really. There are moments of this album that are genuinely lovely to listen to. There are also some incredibly annoying elements that I'll not be seeking out again. Oldfield's musical chops are for real. He's a great guitar player. But the wide swings in tone make it hard to settle into a groove listening to this. It's also hard to take a piece of music seriously that has this much growling in it. This is undoubtedly a unique musical experience. Props to Oldfield for going all in, but this would be a firm no from me. I tried. Favorites: None

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Honestly? I thought I'd like this album a lot more. The start is strong, and I was very excited to hear more. About 10 minutes in however, the shifts between styles become less of a exploration of music and what instruments can be composed together to more of a excercise of jarring sounds. It's quite uncharacteristic for me not to like a long-form instrumental piece such as this, but really didn't hit the right notes. Personal pet peeve of introducing things into your song and naming them in vocals was also hit.

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Good background music

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2nd listen. Still just an ok album.

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schon ein komischer Versuch, Symphonie und Pop zu vereinen

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Mir zu krass

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Why did the muppets yell at me im so confused

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Great prog weaves several distinct themes into a unified whole, meaning songs that last up to 20 minutes can feel distinct yet greater than the sun of their parts. This LP takes sharp turns, abandons themes left and right, stuffs incompatible ideas into overlong tracks, and has weird growling noises on it. This is not great prog.

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Hilarious, at times almost psychedelic, but really not my thing. Just couldn't get past the tongue and cheek feeling of the whole thing lol. I cast you out! Unclean spirit!

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Interesting at times but also very tedious

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26 minute song to open it up. At least it’s pleasant sounding haha.

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Obviously a classic, but different to what I remembered. It is long and repetitive, with some bits that just make no sense. Chill out music long before chill out. Would I listen to it again? Probably, but not out of anything other than intellectual curiosity.

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Is it a masterpiece? Yes. Is it worth the goddamn year in length? Fucking no.

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This was fine until the werewolf showed up. Best track: Tubular Bells, Part One

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Manaajastako toi oli? Erikoinen setti

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Good for a nap

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Well, this was interesting. 2 25-minute suites that stopped being good 5 minutes in. Then they added growls at the 45 minute mark. Why? Also, was this where the Halloween theme came from?

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Well, I liked the bit from The Exorcist.

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Oh hey, it's Poltergeist...And then a bunch of prog-rock with plenty of variety the whole way through. The 2nd act is way more prog-rock, but for some reason about halfway through the 26 minute track, they decided to add unintelligible grunts and dry-heave noises that would have been better left out. Overall...fine? I don't have the attention span for these extended journeys through musical exploration that might have ingenious bits scattered about...It's not my job to edit your album, buddy.

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An experience. Don't know if it was a good one or not.

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weird

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Musically proficient and rumour has it that it paid for the Sex Pistols but this is so not my thing.

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2 fuckin song’s and mostly instrumental I already know I won’t be a fan… Well technically you could just consider it one track being a part 1 part 2 scenario… Part 1 is quite cool it lives and breathes through multiple instrumental parts, much more interesting than any instrumental by tortoise. The song is very diverse, my favourite bit is the rock section around 14 minutes in it’s quite cool to be fair. At the end of the song there’s a tiny bit of speaking but no vocals as such so yeah a shame on that front. The second part is slower and calmer,like an album closer should be there’s cool elements scattered throughout this to be fair and the middle section is essentially a song in it’s own right being this weird way energetic track backed by inaudible noise! I mean at least it was easy to review. To be fair it’s great background music but other than that the chance of a revisit is very, very low.

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Yeah ok the first 10 mins and the bit with Viv Stanishall are great, but you're not telling me there's not filler on side 2. And the hornpipe. Grrr.

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ew

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1/19/21

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1.5

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no...no...shit no man

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Did not vibe with the bells

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Thanks I hate it

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hated. Listened in the car and while folding laundry.

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Couldnt do it - when the first song didnt turn into Evernessence (they obv sample it) I had to give up :D

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The opening song on the album is the theme to The Exorcist lol. The rest is just random music. 2/10.

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ok until the pirate song

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Why

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Dawg whaatttttt It could've been organized into songs but no just gonna continuously put random sounds in for an hour...

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More physical theatre soundtrack nonsense.

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Terrible

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Not my thing at all

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Echt huilen met de pet op dit. Maar, het heeft me ook plezier bezorgd: hard gelachen om het onverwachte gegrunt in het tweede nummer.

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Dit is echt dramatisch! Hoezo is dit geneuzel een album wat je gehoord moet hebben? Misschien helpt het mensen die geconstipeerd zijn?

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Gewoon kut

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There's a reason that this is on the key stage 2 music curriculum and the exorcist only used the first bit where there were barely any instruments for him to ruin the riff with. A wankfest of pretentiousness and uninteresting anything.

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no. this felt like pretentious just listening to it. A 25 MINUTE SONG fuck that

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to sober for this

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bad - just, really bad.

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Not into instrumental/soundtrack stuff. G R A N D P I A N O

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Not my tempo

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Didnt like it

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had to give it up, not for me apart from the bit of nostalgia

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Folk prog? This really isn't for me.

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Prog rock from a very conservative douche (loves Trump and Brexit). Nothing else you need to know.

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Sea shanties.

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This is the kind of album I want to respect but can't. Mike Oldfield is skilled as hell, but this is too pretentious, even if that was the point.

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No thank you

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1.5 / 5 Overall boring, the last two tracks were a bit more interesting.

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No no no

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Booooo!

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Juuh, moni progelevy on kestänyt huonosti aikaa ja tää onkin hyvä esimerkki siitä. Manaaja-themen verran oli ihan jees, mutta kaikki sen jälkeen suht rasauttavaa settiä. Ja vaikka siellä oli ehkä kaksi hyvää melodiaa, niin ne on aika arvottomia, kun kokemus on muuten näin etäännyttävä ja tylsä.

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Not my thing

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"Tubular Bells" is an hour of pretentious, self-indulgent trash. But, most damning of all, it's boring. Prog absolutely isn't my genre but even I know it should be complex, edgy, and challenging. The few times "Tubular Bells" broke away from being vanilla, it was to do something cringey. And don't get me started on that last track. Utter trash. Why's that on the album? Buggered if I know.

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WTF is this nonsense? Not sure this even counts as music.

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What an odd album. I mean kudos for the guy that can play all these instruments but it doesn’t make the music more enjoyable. This was pretty dull. 1.7/10

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Shite

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